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Schalke 04 keen to fend off growing Leon Goretzka interest

Germany international Leon Goretzka, linked with each of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in recent months, is to be offered a new deal by Schalke 04.

Schalke 04 sporting director Christian Heidel has revealed that the club will "go to the pain threshold" in an attempt to fend off growing interest in midfielder Leon Goretzka.

The Germany international, who is due to be out of contract at the Veltins-Arena at the end of the campaign, has been linked with an array of European clubs in recent months.

Barcelona are among those to have shown an interest, only to then pull out of the race earlier this month, while Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have also been tipped to make a move.

Schalke are unwilling to go down without a fight, though, as they will reportedly make the 22-year-old their highest-paid player.

"We go to the pain threshold," Heidel is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo when asked about the ongoing speculation. "We have done everything to show Leon that he is extremely important to Schalke.

"For us, there were always two options: either his contract is extended or he remains here until 2018. It was never an issue for us. We believe that it is best for him to stay here. The ball is now with Leon."

Reports in the German press suggest that a clause will be inserted into any new deal signed by Goretzka that will allow him to join a Champions League club in the future.

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